Kandy: Pakistan needed their fast bowlers to bail them out after posting a disappointing 226 all out on the first day of the third and final test against Sri Lanka, at the Pallekele Stadium on Sunday.
Sri Lankan seam bowler Thisara Perera was at the centre of the action for the hosts, grabbing four wickets for 63 on his home test debut.
Having lost four wickets for 56 runs, Pakistan, trailing 1-0 in the three-Test series, staged a recovery thanks to an 85-run stand for the fifth wicket between Asad Shafiq and skipper Misbah-ul-Haq.
With Misbah-ul-Haq going for 40, it was left to Shafiq to hit a top score of 75 off 158 balls with 10 fours, before Rangana Herath had him caught behind by Prasanna Jayawardene.
Herath then wrapped up the innings by trapping Saeed Ajmal lbw for six to finish with figures of three for 40.